For many, this year has been extra dramatic. The Mercury Retrograde cycle which began in late June and lingered all the way through to August 4 was particularly turbulent. From a wider angle, close and potent alignments between Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter continue to synchronize with revolutionary change. Among its effects is a growing emphasis on women assuming positions of power and authority. The rising demand for democracy and justice and the decline of power linked to religious institutions as we are seeing in the Middle East are other important themes. From the stand point of Chinese Astrology, this Year of the Water Snake is delivering the ‘shedding of skins’, implying significant changes on personal and collective levels. This cycle continues through to February 2014 so there is still time to tune-in and start peeling and shedding that old skin.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
You will feel a definite mood switch – more sober and practical. Your playful spirit will return soon, so use this window to be productive.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)
A creative wave will continue and increase, spliced with an urge to get everything just right. This rhythm will continue so set a steady pace.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)
The focus now is home and family with an emphasis to create a healthier lifestyle. Energy levels should continue to rise. Establish a new norm with health in mind.
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Expect your focus to diversify; you will feel more enthusiastic and adventurous as well. Entertain the possibilities, but do the numbers.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)
A new momentum has been initiated. Access the full measure of your talents and resources; confront some very real fears to lay claim to latent powers.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
The Sun in your sign will activate your will and drive. Your focus will sharpen. Changes in your daily routine and rhythm as the month progresses will come spiked with a spirit of adventure.
Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)
The time has come to retreat for a while. Clarify your vision of your ideal outcome, then formulate a plan of action to realize your dreams.
Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)
Stir the pot and shake things up. Pay extra close attention to a tendency to procrastinate. Do a little war dance, voice your intentions and go for it!
Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)
As old rhythms, patterns, appetites and priorities dissolve you are challenged to replace them with something new. Create new alliances; reach out to be seen and heard.
Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)
Passions and ambitions have been rising. Cast a critical eye upon developments. Approach others with empathy, diplomacy and a negotiable attitude for best results.
Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)
A time of endings and of new beginnings has begun. Focus diligently over the next several weeks so future aspirations can germinate in a healthy and timely manner.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Make some specific improvements – even renovations – on the relationship front. Be open to advice, guidance and coaching. Collaborative efforts will prove more productive than solo work.